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Lord Of The Rings fans will have to wait another four years to get their next big screen fix of the franchise - its prequel The Hobbit has been postponed until 2012.
Lord of the Rings Oscar winner Peter Jackson is producing the project, and he and del Toro will pen the screenplay.
Shooting was scheduled to start in New Zealand this winter (08/09), but it has now been postponed until 2010 - with the release day pushed back to 2012.
The reason for the delay is unknown. »
Best known as the writer of Guillermo Del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone Spanish film maker Antonio Trashorras is also an increasingly accomplished director in his own right. And with his latest directorial effort Trashorras indulges his love for classic giallo. With Cristina Pons in the lead Dos manos zurdas y un racimo de ojos manchados de gris - amusingly titled simply Breed in English - the film is twenty minutes of surreal, bloody mystery and horror with all the style and smarts that you’d expect. But don’t take my word for it, we’ve got the entire film - English subtitled, no less - in the Twitch Player below the break.
- Todd Brown
Director Guillermo Del Toro will never make another movie in Mexico - because he fears he might be kidnapped by terrorists.
The Hellboy filmmaker's father was captured and held hostage in the country 10 years ago. He was subsequently returned safely to his family, but still received death threats following the incident.
Del Toro recently co-produced new movie Rudo y Cursi in Mexico but won't be returning to the country because he doesn't feel safe - insisting his daily routine became too public which he was shooting there.
He tells USA Today, "Not all of the people who participated in the kidnapping (of my father) were captured. (I am in a) forced exile."
Mexico has one of the highest abduction rates in the world, with recent government figures pointing to an average of 72 incidents a month. »
Just added! Fright exclusive interview with writer/director/producer Susan Montford! This month we got the chance to chat with Susan Montford about her directorial debut While She Was Out (Opening December 12th, 2008), which stars Kim Basinger and Lukas Haas. Producer Don Murphy also joined in for our chat where we got to discuss the making of While She Was Out, as well as the duo's working relationship with Guillermo Del Toro (they're producing Splice, as well as Del Toro's long awaited Lovecraft adaptation At The Mountains Of Madness), their upcoming project WE3 (based on the Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely comic book) & the Faces Of Death remake (with writer/director Jt Petty at the helm). They also dispelled a long on-going internet rumor about John Carter Of Mars. Click the image below to read the full interview!
By Neil Pedley
Things really shift into high gear this week when a bumper crop of award season heavy-hitters and indies stream into theaters, as well as a cadre of movie stars doing what they do best - whether that's Keanu Reeves acting alien, Clint Eastwood brandishing his trademark scowl, or Benicio Del Toro doing his own brand of mumblecore while waging war against fascists.
It's been a long, strange directorial career for Paul Schrader, who followed his work as
the unsung hero of some of Martin Scorsese's most celebrated masterpieces with successes like "American Gigolo" and oddities like "Dominion: The Prequel to the Exorcist." Yet the always daring Schrader is taking on the Holocaust in his latest film, an adaptation of Yoram Kaniuk's story about Adam Stein (Jeff Goldblum), a former circus entertainer who grudgingly succumbs to the role of grim court jester to a »
- Neil Pedley
It’s an entry in the ongoing series “Starz Inside” that the cable network Starz likes to label “documentary,” but this one, at least, feels exactly like the kind of promotional filler you find filling up odd scheduling holes on premium movie channels (it’s suspiciously 59 minutes in length). A cheery, upbeat, uncritical history of comic books at the movies, it details how early serials and the big-screen spinoff of the 60s Batman TV series morphed into modern Hollywood’s rediscovery of caped heroes with Christopher Reeve’s 1978 Superman and Michael Keaton’s 1989 Batman and has come to an apparent apotheosis with the “serious” comic-book films of Bryan Singer (X-Men), Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), Jon Favreau (Iron Man), and Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy). But there’s little analysis of why such movies are popular, no discussion of how they could be better (the near absence of women in these »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Here’s one for all of the local folk ...
If you’re at all a fan of Rue Morgue Magazine - and if you’re a horror fan, how could you not be? - then you are already aware of the brilliant artwork of Gary Pullin, Aka Ghoulish Gary. The man’s original artwork has been gracing the covers of Rue Morgue for a good long time now, work that has won Pullin much deserved praise from the likes of Guillermo Del Toro, Marilyn Manson and more. Pullin’s work is fantastic, iconic stuff that goes right to the heart of what makes people love horror - particularly classic horror - in the first place and Toronto folk are about to have the chance to view a whole lot of it up close and personal.
Pullin will be hosting an exhibition of his work on December 20th at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel, »
- Todd Brown
It was announced back in 2006 that Alfonso Cuaron would direct and Guillermo del Toro would produce a remake of the film, which could easily turn into a mega-franchise. New details have finally surfaced online, which report that producer Guillermo del Toro might direct! In the original 1990 film a young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse... Empire got the exclusive low down on Alfonso Cuaron's involvement in "The Witches", which would put Del Toro in the director's chair. "Although it was rumoured that Cuaron was down to direct, it seems that he will instead be producing, while legend-in-the-making Guillermo Del Toro [taking] the helm," reports Empire. "The pair were discussing the potential of adapting the much »
It never fails to amuse me whenever parents get all worked up about an occasional f-bomb or a flash of boob, but show 'em a story about child genocide peppered with mild misogyny and presto -- you've got a children's classic! Almost two years ago, it was announced that Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón would be taking on an update of Roald Dahl's The Witches, and it was originally reported that Cuarón was going to direct. Now, though, it seems like things have changed, and Empire has broken the news (in an interview with Cuarón) that Del Toro has not only finished the screenplay, but will also be taking the helm for the fantasy update.
Dahl's original story centered on a conspiracy of witches looking to rid the world of children (great bedtime story, huh?), and received the feature film treatment once before. But, that hasn't stopped the »
- Jessica Barnes
Lets see how purple eyes look in clay! Alfonso Cuaron has announced to Empire that Guillermo Del Toro will be directing a re-make/adaptation of Roald Dahl's infamously creepy The Witches. The movie will be filmed in stop motion animation. Although Cuaron and Del Toro were originally set to co-direct, Del Toro will be taking the helm for this animated awesomeness. With the director neck deep in films, its fairly shocking that he's able to take on such a loaded responsibility. But Cuaron claims that "Guillermo wrote this amazing screenplay really quickly." Wow, a genius in human form. Although he hasn't yet waded into animation, Del Toro always roots his films (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy II, The Devil's Backbone, etc.) deeply in fantasy realms and uses fantastical CGI to assist his visions. The book was first adapted in 1990 by director Nicolas Roeg. Although the movie was intended for children, the »
Empire got the exclusive low down Alfonso Cuaron's involvement in The Witches, in what could be the most interesting and worthwhile re-adaptation of a classic children's book following a decent initial film, well, ever. Although it was rumoured that Cuaron was down to direct, it seems that he will instead be producing, while legend-in-the-making Guillermo Del Toro will take the helm.The pair were discussing the potential of adapting the much naughtier Dahl story Uncle Oswald, when the conversation turned to The Witches. Cuaron told us: "Guillermo wrote this amazing screenplay really quickly."He also said that, "It won’t be like the original Nicolas Roeg version, which was a beautiful film," because (and this is the very exciting part), del Toro plans to "do it completely in stop-motion animation." We will just have to wait and see how they could ever replace Roeg's army of cross-dressing bald-headed extras, »
The Hobbit director Guillermo Del Toro recently spoke to BilboHobbit.com and revealed some info about the creative team, the creatures and filming. Q:There any professionals who worked with you on Hellboy II that will be joining you on the Hobbit? A:Hopefully Mignola, Barlowe, Spectral Motion, Guillermo Navarro and others… Q:Will there be any cool creatures in Hobbit like Hellboy 2? A:many many more…
Continue reading The Hobbit Films to Shoot for 370 Days »
By Matt Singer
The figure of the superhero does not lend itself to independent movies easily or readily. While three of the top five grossing movies of 2008 center on the escapades of eccentrically dressed and extravagantly empowered individuals, there's a distinct lack of caped crusaders or men of steel for the arthouse crowd. Indie filmmakers may be the most qualified to tackle the spandex set in terms of imagination -- which may be the reason so many former members of their ranks, from Christopher Nolan to Guillermo Del Toro, have produced some of the genre's most memorable entries -- yet they have a special brand of kryptonite to contend with: low budgets.
With that in mind, I've watched as many indie superhero movies as I could find and assembled this easy-to-use list of five rules guaranteed to make yours a massive success. You can thank me later with some points on the gross. »
- Matt Singer
Director Guillermo Del Toro participated in the first ever Bd-live chat last night.
Basically, if you own a Blu-Ray player or PS3 and pop in your Bd copy of Hellboy 2, Guillermo answered scores of questions live in real time as the movie played. Very cool indeed!
For those of you who have not yet made the Bd transition, you can read the entire transcript below. While not very scoop-heavy (ie: no new Hobbit info yet) it's a fantastic, personal and funny Q&A with one of the best film makers of our generation. There were some interesting nuggets of info; we will finally see a special edition director's cut of his very underrated Mimic sometime in the not-too-distant future, and a Blu-Ray edition of The Devil's Backbone! He also mentions a possible B.P.R.D television series, which I pray actually happens.
Also, be sure to head over to www. »
What's up Fango Fiends, Gore Whores, and other assorted freaks? Psycho Bunny is here for yet another look back at the last 7 days of horror, all wrapped-up in a tasty little basket. Before you get ready to feast on that turkey this week (if you're in the 'States), feast on all of this... Fangoria Features:
Twilight Rising Chainsaws are a girl's best friend- a look at the first Fangoria Spooksmodel, Shannon Lark
Dracula (1931) - From Unkillable Classics The Graphic Nature of Graphic Art - From The Art Of Horror
Gothique chapeaux for the femme fatale - From Cult Couture
Film/DVD/TV/General Horror News:
Twilight rakes in $35.7 million on Friday
Vampire Killers bitten by YouTube
Repo! continues to roll along
Tattoo grue in Vs. The Dead
Death Stop Holocaust site goes live
Timothy Olyphant gets Crazies for remake
Masters of Italian Horror doin’ Fango La & Chicago cons
Too lazy to read all the wonderful news our insightful crew scours the globe to bring you every day? Too outmoded to have an MP3 player for the podcast? Shame on you all! However, being the generous lot we are, welcome to news:blended, your weekly guide to the most interesting stories reported on Cinema Blend over the last seven days. This is a slow week for movies. I can't think of any movie that every teenage girl is going to want to see that just got released, can you? Saturday Can't we just let the boy with the long nose live in peace. Read this story, save $8. I think we all know that the definitive Pinocchio captured on film was when that kid from Home Improvement played him about 10 years ago. How can you top that? You can't, that's how, but Guillermo Del Toro will try. And fail. Speaking »
We’ve written in the past about the Cinema 16 series of short film collections and the series returns with a collection titled simply World Short Films that may very well boast the most recognizable collection of names yet on this impressive, eclectic series. Who’s involved? Guillermo Del Toro, Park Chan Wook, Andrea Arnold, Sylvain Chomet, Alfonso Cuaron, Guy Maddin, Jane Campion, Alexander Sokurov, and while you may not recognize the film makers’ names you’ll certainly have heard us talking about stunning Canadian stop motion short Madame Tutli-Putli in these pages if you’ve spent much time around here at all.
- Todd Brown
Fangoria UK scribe and broadcaster Alan Jones now has a title for his forthcoming Fab Press book on the amazing life and extraordinary films of award-winning writer/producer/director Guillermo del Toro: it’s called Clockwork Fables: The Fantasy Worlds Of Guillermo Del Toro. Due November 2010, Clockwork Fables is the first lavishly produced volume to focus on the Mexican-born, larger-than-life personality, the genius responsible for the Academy Award-winning Pan’S Labyrinth, whose unique perspective on horror, fantasy and visionary creature features has assured him an ever-expanding audience.
“From his feature directing debut Cronos in 1993 to recent hit Hellboy II: The Golden Army, del Toro has grown in artistic stature to become a major industry force to be reckoned with,” Jones says. “His enviable gift of appealing to both adoring fanboys and ardent cineastes alike is a rare entertainment accomplishment. Del Toro is bound to reap even greater dividends come »
No, the Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth director isn't making gay porn. Yes, he is set to create a darker version of the classic tale, Pinocchio. Variety is reporting that Guillermo Del Toro, the filmmaker who loves all things fantasy, will be working with the Jim Henson Co. to make the popular »
- Adam Sweeney
As William Goss noted yesterday, Guillermo Del Toro must be allergic to sleep. He's moving forward with another producing project on his insanely busy slate -- The Champions, a big screen version of the British television series of the 60s. Variety reports that Christopher McQuarrie will be penning the script for United Artists, and acting as a producer alongside Del Toro, Tom Cruise, and Paula Wagner. Del Toro optioned the project last November, and seemingly mindful of the anniversary, has brought on McQuarrie.
Frankly, I'm surprised The Champions hasn't been grabbed long before now, since everyone is dying to have a franchise of superheroes. The series (which ran for a single year) followed a team of government agents who were rescued from a plane crash in the Himalayas by an advanced civilization. As if rescue wasn't nice enough, the super civilization gave them superpowers. Yeah, this is totally going to end up a franchise. »
- Elisabeth Rappe
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